April 30, 2009
These Mother’s Day coloring pages are just in time for your kids to make a card for Mom or Grandma. There are two Mother’s Day cards and two flat coloring sheets the kids can hang on the fridge or on the door to surprise Mom. Here are the Mother’s day Cards:
Click on the red links. Print the free Mother’s Day cards on 8.5 X 11 paper. Fold in half and fold again. The downloads may take a few minutes so be patient.
Click on the red links. Print the free Mother’s Day Printables on 8.5 X 11 paper. Again… the downloads may take a few minutes so be patient.
Bring out the crayons, and markers and let your kids color a Mother’s Day card or Coloring pages.
P.S. They could attach their card to a Mother’s Day gift. In fact… check this one out. It’s so easy… even a three year old can participate.
P.P.S. These Mother’s Day cards and coloring pages are great for pre-schools and elemenary schools. If you know if a teacher who who would enjoy these coloring sheets… pass the word along… They will appreciate it.
April 29, 2009
There is a Swine Flu Pandemic alright….a pandemic of fear. Give the press a little fodder… and away they go. Look at where all the attention has gone in the last few days. I find it interesting… fear has been the focus across the board for about the last two years…. .and I’m getting a little weary of it. For some reason… it’s not a motivator for me… in fact it’s quite immobilizing. Perhaps that’s the point.
It is known, that when a people are in fear, they are easily controlled by greater and larger powers such governments. Impoverish the people, introduce fear and scarcity and you have them under control. History has proven this to be the case time and time again. Look at Hitler and Mussolini. We, the people, have been moving in this direction for a long time. I’m just curious as to what the government has up it’s sleeve after this little panic.
Am I saying we shouldn’t be aware? No, I’m not, but being aware is one thing and buying into the panic and promoting the panic another.
I suggest we look at the broad picture and prepare for any emergency that may fall our way. It never hurts to have extra food, clothing and savings on hand in preparation for any type of urgent situation. Whether you loose a job, have an accident, or have to be confined to your home for a few weeks because of illness… the greater question is… are you prepared? During a panic…common sense seems to fly out the window and we look for others to save us. So, long term preparation is the safety net.
I also suggest…during this momentary pandemic of fear, we use a little preventive common sense.
1. Wash your hands frequently and keep your surrounding clean. We should be doing that anyway.
2. Eat nutritious foods and exercise. Keep your immune system healthy.
3. Stay to your normal routine and avoid the panic mentality.
4. Stay true to a wise long term course of board emergency preparation.
P.S. Look at the hype of the 70′s. Hmmmm. Are we going to be forced to take flu shots…. Hmmm pushing through social health care?
April 28, 2009
These Homemade Mother’s Day gifts are just the ticket for kids to craft. This cup and saucer flower holder is so easy to make that a three year old can easily participate. I gathered my grand kids around the kitchen table to make this simple mother’s day craft projects for their moms. A few of them were a bit disappointed they couldn’t give the gift to their moms immediately and had to wait a week for Mother’s Day.
The first mother’s day craft is Cup and Saucer Flower Folder.
The supplies you’ll need are simple. Some of the grands and I went to the local thrift store and found a great variety of cups and matching saucers. We paid about $.50 cent for each piece. Then off to the craft store to purchase the “flower frogs.” Now just try and explain to at 3 year old why they are called “frogs” when you really don’t know yourself. We found our frogs at Michaels Craft Store. There were 3 to a package. We purchased the smallest size. We also bought E6000 glue. This glue is used to hold mirrors into place. It is a clear glue strong glue. We also purchase a bit of ribbon that we will use to attach the mother’s day tag to the handle of the cup. Of course you will need the tags… which are offered at the bottom of this post. If you run across tea cups from a child’s tea set or a very small ceramic container… pick them up too. They make darling flower holders for the dandelions and small flower bunches the kids bring in from the yard. Last of all.. you will need flowers.
Apply the glue to the bottom of the “flower frog”
Place the “flower frog” inside the cup. Little ones may need a little helping placing the frog in the center. Allow the glue to dry.
The tags can be run off on Avery sticker paper and attached to a larger paper backing, or you can run them off on matte photo paper. My grands chose their own tags, we cut them out and they signed their names. Insert a hole in the tag and thread the ribbon and tie it to the handle of the cup.
On mother’s day… insert the flower into the “flower frog” and fill the cup with water. (We purchased our flowers at Costco… and one bunch filled 8 cups.) You could also scour the neighborhood for tulips and daffodils of you only have a couple of cups to fill. I have neighbor’s who are pretty willing to share their a few of their blossoms.
Watch the grands in action. They had such a good time crafting their mother’s day gifts.
Our second homemade Mother’s Day gift is a Pedestal Cookie Plate.
Again… the supplies are very simple. During our trip to the local thrift store, we purchased large salad plates. Pretty ones were a bit harder to come by… but we got what we needed. Antique plates are fun for this project. You will also need glass candle holders. We found them in various shapes and sizes and they were in abundance at the thrift store. The E6000 glue is also used to attach the plate to the candle holder. Don’t forget a bit of ribbon so you can attach your mother’s day tag.
Apply the glue to the top of the candle holder.
Turn the plate upside down so you can place the candle holder in the middle of the plate back. Let it set for a few minutes before you turn it upright.
Attach the tag to the pedestal base with the ribbon.
Fill the plate with cookies or small slices of cake… cover the plate with plastic wrap. The kids will be thrilled to present this to their mom’s or grandmothers on Mother’s Day.
Again… watch my two cute grand daughters, Ella and Claire put this mother’s day craft together.
Now if you want these free mother’s day tags… simply give us your name and e-mail address and we’ll send you the download link. If you’re already receiving free Insightful Nana downloads… you will not have to sign in again. I’ll automatically send these tags to you.
Make sure and watch the videos so you can see how easy these homemade mother’s day gifts are for your kids or grand kids to make.
Have fun with this mother’s day craft.
P.S. This kids loved these Mother’s day printable they colored. Best of all they are a free download.
P.P.S. Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts are just the best. I remember getting homemade gifts the kids made in school. I still have them… they are priceless to me.
April 24, 2009
I came home from the store to find a wonderful surprise… the “Good” family of my son, Wade, came over and cleaned up my backyard after the heavy snowstorm of last week broke off several major limbs. Two other grandsons, (Emily’s boys) came along to help with the fray. They worked hard to get everything cut up, pruned, raked and hauled away. After they left to go home… I kept looking out into my back yard and grinned like a Chessy Cat.
Here is Glade, Barrett and Wyatt. They’re cleaning out the rain gutters and doing a great job. They love any excuse to get on the roof and walk around.
Wyatt came down from the roof to help with the tree pruning. I wish the storm had been a little more selective about how it pruned my trees. Two major branches came down from my globe willow tree.
Braden climbed up the tree to do his pruning work. He did a great job and the tree looks really nice. This tree is a River Birch and I love it…. especially in the fall.
Lisa, my sweet daughter-in-law was the ground lady. She raked and rake. She’s a Respiratory Therapist at the New Born Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. Don’t ask me how she shoves those tubes down the throat of a preemie newborn… but she does. She is part of the life saving team for babies…. and I hope your family never needs her services… but if you do… you family member will be in good hands She’s the best!
Here is Braden, Wade and Wyatt cutting up limbs and loading the truck for the dump. I couldn’t get Wade to turn around and smile. He grabbed an old shirt from out of the my closet and it didn’t fit just right. Boy… don’t I know what that’s like.
Landon and Josie helped too…. that’s after a few tricks on the swing set. They pick up sticks and volunteered to help unload the truck at the dump. What is there about the “dump” that intrigues kids? I loved to go to the dump with my dad… and my kids loved to go with me. I use to scare the living daylights out of them by telling them Oscar The Grouch lived there and was waiting for them. Oh my… that wasn’t a good thing to do…. wouldn’t do that again. I’m a bit wiser now… Thank Goodness.
The truck is loaded and the workers: Wyatt, Barrett, Josie, Braden, London, and Glade pose for this final shot.
Thanks guys! Job well done kids. Your “goodness” has made this “Only The Good” Friday a “good” one for me. You make me want to be a better neighbor, friend and family member.
I hope your blessed with good family and friends.
P.S. My brother-in-law, Dew Atwood just mowed my lawn. More family “good” on this “Only The Good Friday.
April 22, 2009
I didn’t even know Pirates existed in this day and age until a couple of weeks ago. Yes, call me naive… but that’s the truth. Have you noticed that since the capture of an American ship off the coast of Somalia how the news is just full of stories about other ships that are being hijacked by pirates? Hmmmm… where was the media before?
Recently, I have been in the mist of a flurry of conversation with folks who are concerned about using the word “Pirate.” because of the NOW negative conatation. Hmmmm. does that mean that all Pirate memorabilia comes off the shelves in respect to Captain Phillips who was held captive? Does that mean there will no longer be Halloween costumes available this fall? Does that mean the word “Pirate” is now politically incorrect?
This morning, as I rounded the corner by my house… I noticed this sign that made me chuckle. I have passed this sign a hundred times but today it took on new relevance.
Stop the construction. No Pirate Pizza Place allowed here!
Frankly… I don’t think Pirates are going anyplace… except those terrorists who pirate the high seas. I say, “Cut’em down mate.”
In the meantime: Why does a pirate’s phone go beep beep beep beep beep? (Because he left it off the hook.) What’s a pirate’s favorite kind of cookie? (Ships Ahoy!) Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet? (Because they can spend years at C!)
Oh.. Oh… I’ve just received at warning. “I’ll have yer lights and liver if ye don’t rid yerself o’ the useless words. Me time’s precious!”
Better sign off.
P.S. Do you think they will take Pirates Of The Caribbean off the shelf? Oh no…. what about Peter Pan? Will this mean that the mere mention of Captain Jack Sparrow or Captain Hook will raise eyebrows? Hmmmmm… By hook or crook, the media will have a hayday with this one.
April 22, 2009
Hanging baskets are will be available in the nurseries soon. Actually, it’s not too early to begin thinking about Mother’s Day gifts. Hanging planters make an ideal gift because they give Mom and Grandma joy all summer long.
Picking out hanging baskets for Mother’s Day gifts for Mom and Grandma will be a snap if your follow a couple of simple rules.
1. Select the flower planter according to where it’s going to be hung. Will the flower basket have full sun most of the day… or will a shady porch or patio be its home? If the planter will get only the morning sun or a very few hours of sun… shade flowers are the best. If the planter is going to get afternoon sun… or hot sun… make sure you select flowers than can stand the heat.
Many nurseries will have the full sun planters separated from the shade planters. If they don’t have them separated… ask “customer help” direct you to the appropriate kind you need.
If you find the hanging basket is full of Impatients,or Begonias.. you’re looking at a shade planter.
If Petunias, Daisies, and Geraniums are the order of the day… then it’s a full sun planter.
2. Choose hanging baskets or floor planters where the flowers are not over grown. Small under developed plants with just a few blooms are better than fully developed plants…full of blooms. If the hanging basket is too over grown… when the foliage is pinched back to encourage spreading, it will look straggly and will not fill in well.
Happy Mother’s Day shopping for hanging baskets.
P.S. The hanging baskets in the photos have been planted very full and nice. They are just perfect right now. In a couple of weeks however, they may be a bit over grown. Pinch the bloomed flowers back so it will fill out and bloom again.
P.P.S. Don’t forget to get your self a hanging basket. You’ll enjoy it all summer long. Just remember to get the right kind for the right location.
April 21, 2009
Easy meals, which are fast, come from your past experience in your own kitchen. According to Becky Low, of the Utah Dairy Council, the definition fast food is the tried and true recipes you use over and over again.
Fast Fixin’s was a class I attended, hosted by the Utah Dairy Council. Assuming I would receive a stack of new recipes that would aid me in quick, easy meal preparation… I soon learned this was not to be the case. What I found was a common sense approach to meal planning. The cry, “What am I going to fix for dinner?” has been simplified.
Generally… a mom cooks the same main dishes over and over again. Why? Because, she knows what her family will eat… and she knows how to fix them. As a rule, there are no unfamiliar ingredients and she most likely has the items on hand in her pantry. The meals are, for the most part, quick and easy because mom doesn’t have to “think” in order to prepare them.
It was a surprising to learn that most family menus consist of only six to ten favorites… which are rotated frequently. We are creatures of habit.
Here are some suggestions to make your meal planning easy and still offer your family more variety.
1. Make a list of your family favorites…main meals you fix over and over again…for instance, Spaghetti. Post the list on the fridge and let your family add to it. They may come up with meals they love that you’ve forgotten about.
2. Look at each meal, and ask yourself if the nutrition can be enhanced by adding a healthy ingredient to the main dish. You can also add a side of fresh fruit, cut veggies, salad or some other item that give your family increased healthy meals.
3. If you have a list of twenty meal suggestions… choose five to eight and make sure your cupboards are always stocked with the items you’ll need to prepare the recipe. When you come in from a late meeting, or from taking the kids to lessons and haven’t planned in advance, just look at your list and choose one of the dinners you know you have the fixins for.
Having your easy meals list on the fridge makes it simple for you think of “what to fix,” and have the satisfaction of knowing you have the ingredients on hand. Now that’s fast food!
4. Now that you have your basic meals… add new recipes throughout the month for your family to try so they learn to enjoy a variety of dishes. Prepare these meals when you’re not in a rush.
I like looking through my recipe box for old tried and true ideas I have forgotten about. And… of course… there is always the opportunity to try some of those recipes you’ve clipped out of the newspaper or magazines.
If you have any easy meals or and meal planning tips, please feel free to share them with us. We’d love to hear from you.
P.S. Easy meals and Meal Planning are one thing… but does anyone out there know of any easy clean-up tips… besides using paper plates?
P.P.S. To make things eaiser for you… here is a Free Family Favorites List you can download for your fridge. You might be surprised what your family’s favorite meals are.
April 20, 2009
Our belated Easter egg hunt was fun. Because my kids take their families to the “Other Laws” on Easter, we hold our Easter egg hunt a week later. I filled each egg with candy and a dime… which they all love. They sort out their candy and fill their pockets with the money. They look forward to the coins as much as they do the candy. It’s been a fun tradition.
I set up two Easter egg hunts. The front yard hosts the younger kids and the backyard hunt is for the older ones.
Here are the younger kids… all set to go.
We did let little Abram go first… up to the count of ten… otherwise, he would get trampled by the mob. Glade is his body guard and his extra eyes.
This is Randall. He’s found that these bushes and trees held many an egg. Some eggs are green… which become a bit of a challenge to find.
It’s the big kid”s turn now. Run fast… the race is on.
“Hey… what’s going on here. Norah… no coaching.”
Gee… it’s nice to have a guide. I guess that’s part of the fun and excitement too.
We have a good old time. The best part of getting older is that your blessings and fun are multiplied…. a hundred fold.
P.S. I like Easter Egg hunts now days…. those plastic eggs sure beat having to boil and color 200 eggs. Some how… that much egg salad is not very appealing to me.
April 17, 2009
Are there 10 “Good” reasons for snow in April? Yes, of course. If I didn’t look at the “Good” side of it…I might sit down and cry. So on this “Only The Good” Friday” I’m going to share with you my reasons for being grateful for snow at this late spring date.
I woke up to eleven inches of snow this morning. It looked like a “White Christmas Scene” on a card.
The Ten Good Reason Why I’m Grateful For Snow In April.
1. We can always use the water. The mountains are getting bombarded.
2. It has extended the ski season and that is good for the Utah economy.
3. It has pruned some of the trees… naturally.
4. It’s a gentle reminder that Christmas is only 8 months away.
5. I have an excuse not to leave my house because I’m snowed in.
6. I have kindling and fire wood for my wood burning fireplace from all the fallen limbs.
7. The grands have one more chance to play in the snow.
8. When my yard is covered with snow… my yard looks as good as all my neighbor’s including Linda, who is the Queen of Gardening.
9. I have another few days before I have to finish cleaning up my yard to get ready for the “real” Spring and Summer planting. (Those cans are full of pine needles, old grass and twigs.)
10. It’s another sure sign that “Global Warming” needs to be reassessed.
There ya go… Snow in April… Yeah!
P.S. I have another reason to be cheerful on this “Good Friday because, I know the snow won’t last long. It is suppose to be up to 73 degrees by Monday.
April 16, 2009
My grandkids and I have a fun shopping tradition that we enjoy in a couple of times a year. The number of “grands” that join in the shopping spree vary. Some times there’s four kids and other times there’s as many as seven or eight at one time. The kids range from 3 years to 12 years old and the shopping excursion takes place at the “Dollar Store.”
There are two rules we apply to our shopping experience.
1. We set a limit as to the amount of money they can spend per person. Sometimes it’s three dollars and sometimes it’s five. The rule is… they have to stay within the budget. If three dollars is the limit… they know they can only put three things in their basket. (That’s why we shop at the “Dollar Store.”)
2. The second rule is… they can choose anything they want… as long as they stay within the pre-determined budget. An opinion on what they choose to buy is “off limits.” (This rule is more for me than it is for them.)
If I say, “You don’t want that because….” Or ask, “Do you really want that?,” it invalidates the child’s decision and then I take on the responsibility for what they purchase because they may try and to “please” me rather than select what they really want. It’s then easy to blame me for items they purchase that they aren’t really thrilled about.
Now, the shopping spree.
As soon as they enter the store… they run to get their individual baskets and they start down the isles. The real young ones put everything they see into their baskets. The older kids walk up and down the isles and carefully make their decisions before placing the items in their baskets. It’s fun to watch the process.
Often, when the little ones count their items they realize they have too many toys and have to put things back on the shelves because they have gone over the budget. They use to complain a bit, now they just automatically take things back.
Once everyone has their toys… they march off to cashier where they purchase their items and they walk out the door with their own bag in hand…. happy as larks.
Meet our today’s shoppers. Braden (in the back ) Landon, Josie, and Barrett Griffiths.
Why such a shopping trip?
First of all, it’s fun and it’s a tradition we look forward to. As elementary as this process may seem… it gives them a bit of an opportunity to learn a little about finance and being responsible for their own choices.
They learn there is a limit to their spending because they have to stay within a budget. I don’t budge when it comes to sticking by the rules. No extra items.
Because no one gives directions on what to purchase… they are solely responsible for what they choose. If they don’t choose wisely, and end up unhappy about their choices, they are much more careful the next time.
On a recent shopping trip, my grandson, Glade, ask if he could take some of the the money and cash out. He wanted to save a couple of dollars of his budget for something else. Great thinking. Saving his money for something of greater importance to him was a smart move.
Our shopping spree at the dollar store is fun and it saves me a bundle. Have you seen the prices of toys at Walmart? Oh, my gosh!
Take a look at this short video and watch the process. You will find some interesting decisions being made. We have so much fun…you’ll have to try it sometime. Besides all the fun… valuable lessons are being taught.
P.S. Of course… afterward, a trip to Wendy’s for a bite to eat is always a treat.